"CAT, WHAT IS THAT?" by Tony Johnston


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Fascination, admiration, respect, and love for the inscrutable cat are evident on every page of this beautifully designed tribute. The spare verses provide just enough detail to inspire the richly detailed paintings that capture not only individual hairs and whiskers, but also the varied moods, actions, and personalities of these very real cats. The lines, "It is the Claw. / It is the Hook. / It is the Now-how-do-I-look?" are paired with, "It is the Pounce. / It is the Roar: / In a snowstorm / it is the Snore," accompanied by an almost life-sized, touchable orange cat, sprawled on its back on a couch, toes curled and tail curved, eyes closed, smiling, while an imperturbable snow cat outside the window stares straight ahead through the falling snow. Truly a celebration of the grace and complexity of the cat, each luminous painting will appeal to both children and adults. (Picture book. All ages)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1567923518
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins